So, in some perfect collision of timing, the week after I saw Steel Magnolias the film for the first time and saw the beautiful Jen Jenkins perform in Steel Magnolias the play, an announcement is made an all-black remake of Steel Magnolias is being produced for Lifetime (directed by Kenny Leon).
Now, of course this is being made for cable television, so it will probably be a pretty C-list cast including Solange Knowles. But on my train ride home, I couldn’t help but think of the dream cast. So here we go…
Viola Davis as M’Lynn
One of the most talented actresses of her generation would nail the film’s central role, and that graveyard monologue like no one else.
Anika Noni Rose as Shelby
Young and bubbly with a wonderful on-screen presence, I would definitely watch her drink some juice.
Phylicia Rashad as Clairee
I mean, who else would ever play the elder stateswoman of the small Louisiana town than Ms. Rashad?
Loretta Devine as Ouiser
Loretta Devine’s reliable comic timing would nail all of Ousier’s great one-liners.
Mo’Nique as Truvy
A fun role to follow-up on her Oscar win, Mo’Nique’s natural personality could shine here.
Sanaa Lathan as Annelle
An incredibly talented actress who needs to be offered better film roles could shine in the new girl in town who becomes born again.
Who did I leave out? Who would you swap out?